Feb. 8 Nationwide Rally In Defense of 2nd Amendment

Ron Soussa is a Montville small businessman and a nationally certified firearms instructor and range safety officer.

New Jersey’s 1 million law-abiding gun owners share in the horror of Adam Lanza’s slaughter of 20 defenseless children in Connecticut.  He used stolen guns after—in his gruesome spree. We join with the rest of our nation in demanding that steps be taken (jewelers can have armed guards to protect their valuables, why not protect our children with the same vigilance?)  to reduce the likelihood of such a mass atrocity happening again.

President Obama has taken his former chief of ataff’s advice not to “let any crisis go to waste.”  He lost no time in seeking legislation that both does nothing to inhibit future Lanzas ("gun free zones" still leave children undefended), but also severely infringes upon the 2nd Amendment rights of all citizens. 

New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society members are alarmed at the proposed additional restrictions on our rights and will be joining other 2nd Amendment groups across the nation on Feb. 8 who will gather at their respective state capitals simultaneously to  exhibit our support for the sole amendment to the U.S. Constitution that defends all of the others.

Buses to Trenton leave from a dozen locations throughout New Jersey, including Morris County. The site closest to Parsippany and Montville is the Montville Office Plaza at 330 Changebridge Road in Pine Brook; the cost is $20.

Registration information is available at http://www.nj2as.com/EVENTS?eventId=605978&EventViewMode=EventDetails.  

Additional details are available on Facebook.

New Jersey gun owners are quickly gaining a voice.  Gun For Hire Radio, which is taped weekly, became one of the top rated podcasts on iTunes in less than a year, and has a following around the world.  The New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society itself is less than 3 years old, and has rapidly become known to political leaders and legislators on both sides of the aisle.

Please join with this fast growing group of 2nd Amendment defenders in Trenton on Feb. 8.

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Chris Gardes February 03, 2013 at 12:47 AM
So we have to follow all the rules, and the government gets to decide which ones they want to obey? That is the very definition of tyranny. Do you feel that way about the rest of the Bill of Rights too? Illegal search and seizure shouldn't be a problem if you've got nothing to hide, right? Sadly, many people don't think of the Second Amendment as a fundamental right until the barbarians are at the gate. As the looting began near me after Sandy, some folks who had previously been on the anti-gun side of the fence began to realize that a 911 call may not always provide a timely enough response when the police are otherwise occupied. And a six month wait to exercise a Constitutional right doesn't seem quite so reasonable then.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Chris. you are spot on. If you didn't own a gun, and I left a nasty note under your door one night telling you I was going to come back sometime this month and kill you, You would be gunless and defenseless for that whole time, thanks to our well intentioned government. No they will not post an armed guard at your house. your just out of luck. And if I did come kill you that month, what do you think the police would say or do about it? After you begged for a gun permit, because you thought the threat was true. These cops do drag their feet when it comes to your self defense. totally unnecessary.
SockPuppet February 03, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Why the theatricality? We're talking about limitations, not denials or seizures. If you feel that you're living under "tyranny", I would suggest that you have no idea what tyranny is, much less how to combat it.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 01:17 AM
If you have to ask permission to own a gun, that is tyranny. plain and simple.
Chris Gardes February 03, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Sockpuppet, Liberty rarely dies in one overwhelming stroke, because people might take notice and attempt to do something about it. It dies the death of a million cuts in political committees, and only civil libertarians seem to notice as essential freedoms are whittled away to the cries of "national security" and "think of the children", until one day they are gone. Contemplate that as you force yourself to become used to the sound of domestic drones buzzing over your house in the near future and you force yourself to say, "It's for my protection".
SockPuppet February 03, 2013 at 02:36 AM
So, you feel that any limitations on firearms in this already armed-to-the-teeth nation are just more whittling away of your freedom. Sorry, but I don't fear the imminent threat of domestic drones, nor do I think a Glock in my hands would solve that problem. I get that you consider yourself a brave freedom fighter. I consider you a paranoid reactionary, and we've gone around in circles long enough on this subject.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Chris your wasting your time talking to this welfare recipient, sockpuppet aka cletus, Once you get the taste of free stuff like he has and lose your dignity, you are lost forever. he will never understand what it really is to be an American. He just rides the wagon and cusses at the wagon pullers.
Chris Gardes February 03, 2013 at 03:23 AM
By calling me a reactionary, it makes me think you either don't know what the word means, or haven't read my posts. And calling me paranoid makes me think you don't read newspapers either. Domestic spying, warrantless searches, etc are a reality. If you are OK with them, there is nothing further for me to say about it. I am awed by the prescience of the men who came together and tried to set up a bulwark against these abuses, and disgusted by Americans who shrug their shoulders and shirk their birthright of freedom. Me owning a firearm doesn't make me anything other than someone who is hoping to not have to rely on others for protection when they might not be available in my time of need. You are choosing to put your life and that of your family in the hands of others. I hope they come through for you.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Chris, he calls everyone that worries about the over reaching government, a reactionary, and anyone owning a gun a "paranoid". i don't know if he is a hired instigator for the patch or the actual author of the article, but he is annoying everyone. that he can. Just ignore him. your wasting your time.
Selene February 03, 2013 at 04:18 AM
I do not own a gun, or have a desire to own one right now. That may change. I have seen the peaceful non-violent protests of workers, political activists (Occupy most recently) and have witnessed the brutality of the police. Because our society is crumbling...the rich and corporates taking over the economy, the poor struggling to feed their families, the working poor struggling to not become homeless, the working class struggling to pay their mortgages and rents and other utlilities....I see a revolution brewing.....I abhore violence...but if the police (lackies for the 1%) want to squash my right to protest the vagrant inequalities of our society by the rich (1%)I want a gun to defend my right to protest.
Selene February 03, 2013 at 04:31 AM
John, your right to own a handgun is based on what? Your paranoid fear to protect your home from a "bad guy"? There are sooo many worse evils right now in this country. You should fear the 1% attempting to destroy this economy and reduce the middle class to poverty. Wake up!!!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Selene, you ignorant sluuuut . it is based on the 2nd amendment. Yes I do fear the ability to be able to protect my home from a bad guy that is stronger than me and my wife. yes there are many evils in this country that I have no responsibility for that i don't have the power to stop. But I can and will stop my home from being invaded. It is not the !% destroying this economy, it is something i don't have the space here to tell you. Yes the economy is being destroy, and that is precisely why you need to be able to protect yourself. What is wrong with you Selene?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 03, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Guess what Selene, you are going to witness even more violence in the coming days. I advice to you is don't be a victim. Get that gun asap. Most everyone abhores violence. especially when there is a guy twice my size beating the crap out of me trying to kill me. That is why I own guns unlocked and loaded. It is a mistake to look to the government to keep you safe. They only show up later with body bags and rape test kits. Don't be a fool. buy a gun.
Rick Caggiano February 09, 2013 at 01:09 AM
To all the anti Second Amendment people.....yes you the anti gun movement...If you don't like guns don't buy one.....If you don't like the Constitution and The Bill of Rights.....Please feel free to leave the country! Pretty simple!
SockPuppet February 09, 2013 at 04:26 AM
"Second Amendment – Militia (United States), Sovereign state, Right to keep and bear arms. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It's pretty clear that the founders were referring to a militia, not some angry, love-it-or-leave-it, paranoid guido.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 09, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Wrong again suckpuppet.
R Nixon February 09, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Sorry, but the firearms permit process is fairly simple and easy. I recently received my card for a shot gun. Lengthy - not. Frustrating - not. Politicized - ??? And you know what, I did NOT need six official forms of identification to get my card. It was much easier than renewing my driver's license.
R Nixon February 09, 2013 at 07:06 PM
OK, so the 2nd amendment says I can own any weapon that I want? It's my "God given right"? I'm marching down to Walmart in my camo pants and buying one of those 'merican grenade launchers. Those 'bama boys are coming and I gotsa defend me, myself and I.
R Nixon February 09, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Hey Socky, leave us guidos out of it. We have enough problems, with all these yahoo 'mericans who came in off the Mayflower.
R Nixon February 09, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Yo John. If you feel you need a gun for protection, that's fine with me and the feds. But what you don't need is a modified piece of military weaponry. Sorry, the 2nd amendment was hijacked by gun manufacturers in the '80s. Since then, every one has LUSTED after the "black gun". It's a weapon of war.
Chris Gardes February 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM
R. Nixon, I am glad it was a good experience for you. It is not for people in MOST towns in this state. While the process was written by legislators to be uniform throughout the state, it was not implemented that way. I don't know what the turnaround time was for your permit (think about how many other fundamental rights you need to wait weeks for), but it was never less than 6 months for me when I lived in Jersey City. It is running over a year for applicants in Paterson and Elizabeth. In Highlands, I applied and NEVER got it in the 2 1/2 years I lived there. The law states that only certain forms are to be used. Many townships illegally force you to fill out extra paperwork (i.e. spousal consent, housemate notification, seeing if your job thinks you should own a gun, etc) in order to process it. We follow the law. Why shouldn't Government? It took me moving to Middletown to finally deal with professional people who do their job according to the law. Ironically, in some of the towns one MOST needs to defend oneself, legal self protection is the hardest to obtain. I know several folks that have had to get mayors, town councilmen, and even Assemblymen involved in their FID application process. If you think that the process is NOT politicized, I suggest you speak to gun owning friends in towns other than your own.
Chris Gardes February 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
And SockPuppet, WE (i.e. you, me, other citizens) are the Militia. And the 18th century meaning of "well regulated" translates into "well practiced" in today's vernacular. While the pro gun folks here have been making arguments, you have been making assertions and calling names. I think you are a perfect representative for your cause. Emotionally based arguments, not backed by statistics or facts. You should probably consider public office. In North Jersey or in our urban hellholes, you would go far.
Chris Gardes February 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Weapon of war? It's not a machine gun or assault rifle (no matter what hoplophobic politicians or newsroom editors say). It's a semi-automatic rifle. Semi-autos have been around since before the turn of the 20th century. I think the main problem with the AR is that is is made of black anodized aluminum and looks "evil" and thus easy to scapegoat. It shoots what is essentially an intermediate range varmint caliber round. Before the US Military started issuing the M16 in the 60's, bullets in this caliber were considered good for groundhogs and the like. In most states, it is illegal to hunt deer and larger animals with this round because it does not have enough power. Name a popular hunting round (308, 30-30, 30 '06, 243). It has more power and range than 223. There are a few reasons people love AR rifles. They LOOK (emphasize look, not function) like the one the military uses. The ammo is a lot cheaper than most hunting ammo. The rifle itself is modular and easy to modify (i.e. I can change calibers by changing uppers, I can change from a two stage target trigger to a single stage trigger with only a punch driver. I can throw many kinds of optics on the rifle). And as someone who shoots his often, I can do a mag drop and reload in about a second, so I think the mag capacity issue is very overstated.
Chris Gardes February 09, 2013 at 08:28 PM
And as for what kinds of weapons we own (i.e. using reductio arguments for us having drones and air-to-air missiles), the Supreme Court took care of that recently with McDonald vs Chicago. Guns commonly used for self defense and home protection are protected by the second amendment. That means handguns and ARs are in. RPGs are out.
Comfortably Numb February 09, 2013 at 09:12 PM
sockpuppet, come on, "guido"??? how does your husband put up with you?
Ron Soussa February 09, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Thank you Chris Gardes. Responding with facts and logic, to the puppets and others who hide behind screen names and assorted lies, in a very well written manner is a rare talent. If you're not already aware, www.NJ2AS.com has made "Operation Establish Compliance" - which requires municipalites (through methods including litigation) to comply with, and not exceed, NJ's already onerous and restrictive firearms regulations. Some towns were making up their own rules; requiring credit reports, letters from employers and spouses, and dramatically exceeding the statutory response period. Fortunately we are starting to make some progress.
Ron Soussa February 09, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Oh, and Sock Puppet, a "militia" was formed on September 11, 2001 over eastern Pennsylvania, where a group of citizens fought back against the islamist terrorists who intended to murder as many innocents as possible. The "militia" is "We, the people". We are the last line of defense against enemies, foreign AND domestic, who seek to enslave us or destroy our liberties and freedom. TENS of millions of innocent lives have been extinguished in the 20th Century alone by governments who managed to disarm their citizens. WE, the people, are all that stands in the way of it happening again. See "Innocents Betrayed" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40lqavdk7A8) for a history refresher.
Rick Caggiano February 10, 2013 at 06:40 AM
This is for sock puppet <--- what you don't have a name?.... anyway.... History lesson for you.... In United States v. Miller, After reciting the original provisions of the Constitution dealing with the militia, the Court observed that “with obvious purpose to assure the continuation and render possible the effectiveness of such forces the declaration and guarantee of the Second Amendment were made. It must be interpreted with that end in view.” The significance of the militia, the Court continued, was that it was composed of “civilians primarily, soldiers on occasion.” It was upon this force that the States could rely for defense and securing of the laws, on a force that “comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense,” who, “when called for service . . . were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.” That was the Supreme Courts ruling .... The key things are "composed of “civilians primarily "....." were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.” I think that is pretty explanatory
Comfortably Numb February 10, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Rick and Ron chill a little on sock, I heard she's hot!!! Sock, you got any pics????
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